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1998 Acura CL Coupe

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Acura CL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Acura CL

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    This is one luxury car that won't leave you sitting at your mechanic's garage. Based on the stupendously reliable Honda Accord, the 2.3CL should run for miles and miles.

  • Cons

    Honda Accord: same perfume, different bottle.

  • What's New for 1998

    A new 2.3L engine replaces last year's 2.2L unit. All CL models get a revised grille and new alloy wheels.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Ok car

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura CL 2.3 2dr Coupe

Upscale Honda Accord. Transmission replaced at a little over 100K. Driver side window broke around 50K. Radiator leaked and replaced at 70K. Gas mileage only average, but I got a lead foot. Interior quality excellent with easy to use controls. Rear seat room tiny, I'm 5'9". Acceleration only average due to 4 cyl and the car weighs a lot. Sound insulation only average, as road noise is prevalent. Air conditioner is not that strong for summer usage.




Greatest car everq

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura CL 2.3 2dr Coupe

Bought the 1998 2.3 coupe in Jan 1998 and here in June 2004 I have never, ever spent one single cent on a repair bill. Maintenance yes, like tires, oil, air filter, belts, no hoses yet and it has 95500. Does not leak one drop of oil or burn it either. Gets 31mpg hwy.



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Awesome car!

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura CL 2.3 2dr Coupe

I bought the car in 2002 with 82,000 miles on it. It now has 122,000 miles and is still tight and reliable. Other than brakes, tires, and oil changes this car has been nearly trouble free. I did have to replace the driver's side electric window motor.




Could be better (transmission problems)

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura CL 2.3 2dr Coupe

I own this car for 5 years and never had any electrical problems, but something is wrong with Acura/Honda's 1997-1998 transmission. I bumped into another car lightly (no dents or paint chipping off, no damage whatsoever), then my transmission acted awkwardly and shifts very hard. The transmission were free of charge though. This didn't only happened to my car, it also happened to 2 of my other friends who owns a 1997 prelude and 1998 Accord. Same symtoms from VERY light head-ons. BEWARE!!! Honda might be trying to cover up this problem.




Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura CL 2.3 2dr Coupe

Great car, great mileage, fun to drive. Some problems with a rattle in the dash, otherwise perfect.




Love it but...

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura CL 2.3 2dr Coupe

I've had the car for almost 2 yrs now, and I do truely love it. Only a couple problems, I have this annoying rattle noise in the dashboard, in happens when I go over rough road and I cant for the life of me find it. I also have an annoying metallic chatter from under the front-end when the car rev's threw 1800rpm, sounds like it could be the heat shield, but I have checked it and it's tight. And lastly it has developed a exhaust leak in the S-pipe, rusted out from what I can see. The car is only 4 yrs old. I am very disappointed at this, seeing as my previous car, a '93 Acura Integra GS went over 8 yrs and 100k miles before needing exhaust work.



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Full 1998 Acura CL Review

What's New for 1998

A new 2.3L engine replaces last year's 2.2L unit. All CL models get a revised grille and new alloy wheels.

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carguy58
carguy58
02-18-2003
1998 Mazda 626. Lease was up. I wanted something that was a combonation of luxury and sport. CL was definately the way to go. I don't regret buying the car at all. I don't know the CL just likes drivi...


carguy58
carguy58
01-15-2007
while 1998 Accord Coupe’s was clearly inspired by NSX that preceded it by 8-9 years, 1999 TL clearly derived its styling from 1992 Legend, 2001 CL and 2004 Accord Coupe seem to have used 199...


robertsmx
robertsmx
07-28-2004
In the mid-90s, the 1995 Acura CL-X concept started another era of Acura/Honda headlight styling where headlamps took a shape other than a rectangle, a square or a circle. The production CL (first gen...



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